Mike Tyson

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Mike Tyson : biography

June 30, 1966 –

The family lived in Bedford-Stuyvesant until their financial burdens necessitated a move to Brownsville when Tyson was 10 years old. Tyson’s mother died six years later, leaving 16-year-old Tyson in the care of boxing manager and trainer Cus D’Amato, who would become his legal guardian. Tyson later said, "I never saw my mother happy with me and proud of me for doing something: She only knew me as being a wild kid running the streets, coming home with new clothes that she knew I didn’t pay for. I never got a chance to talk to her or know about her. Professionally, it has no effect, but it’s crushing emotionally and personally.". Kjkolb.tripod.com. Retrieved on 2011-11-25.

Throughout his childhood, Tyson lived in and around high-crime neighborhoods. According to an interview in Details, his first fight was with a bigger youth who had pulled the head off one of Tyson’s pigeons. Tyson was repeatedly caught committing petty crimes and fighting those who ridiculed his high-pitched voice and lisp. By the age of 13, he had been arrested 38 times., St. James Encyclopedia of Pop Culture via findarticles.com. Retrieved April 17, 2007. He ended up at the Tryon School for Boys in Johnstown, New York. Tyson’s emerging boxing ability was discovered there by Bobby Stewart, a juvenile detention center counselor and former boxer. Stewart considered Tyson to be an outstanding fighter and trained him for a few months before introducing him to Cus D’Amato.

Tyson was later removed from the reform school by Cus D’Amato.Roberts & Skutt (1999), , via International Boxing Hall of Fame, McBooks Press.. Retrieved March 27, 2007. Kevin Rooney also trained Tyson, and he was occasionally assisted by Teddy Atlas, although he was dismissed by D’Amato when Tyson was 15. Rooney eventually took over all training duties for the young fighter.

Tyson’s brother is a physician assistant in the trauma center of the Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center. He has always been very supportive of his brother’s career and was often seen at Tyson’s boxing matches in Las Vegas, Nevada. When asked about their relationship, Mike has been quoted saying, "My brother and I see each other occasionally and we love each other," and "My brother was always something and I was nothing."Berkow, Ira., , The New York Times, 2002-05-21. Retrieved January 27, 2010.

Professional boxing record

| style="text-align:center;" colspan="8"|50 Wins (44 knockouts, 5 decisions, 1 disqualification), 6 Losses, 0 Draws, 2 No Contests |- style="text-align:center; background:#e3e3e3;" | style="border-style:none none solid solid; "|Res. | style="border-style:none none solid solid; "|Record | style="border-style:none none solid solid; "|Opponent | style="border-style:none none solid solid; "|Type | style="border-style:none none solid solid; "|Rd., Time | style="border-style:none none solid solid; "|Date | style="border-style:none none solid solid; "|Location | style="border-style:none none solid solid; "|Notes |- align=center |Loss |50–6-(2) |align=left| Kevin McBride | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Loss |50–5-(2) |align=left| Danny Williams | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |50–4-(2) |align=left| Clifford Etienne | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Loss |49–4-(2) |align=left| Lennox Lewis | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |49–3-(2) |align=left| Brian Nielsen | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |style="background:#ddd;"|NC |48–3-(2) |align=left| Andrew Golota | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |48–3-(1) |align=left| Lou Savarese | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |47–3-(1) |align=left| Julius Francis | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |style="background:#ddd;"|NC |46–3-(1) |align=left| Orlin Norris | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |46–3 |align=left| Francois Botha | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Loss |45–3 |align=left| Evander Holyfield | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Loss |45–2 |align=left| Evander Holyfield | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |45–1 |align=left| Bruce Seldon | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |44–1 |align=left| Frank Bruno | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |43–1 |align=left| Buster Mathis, Jr. | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |42–1 |align=left| Peter McNeeley | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |41–1 |align=left| Donovan Ruddock | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |40–1 |align=left| Donovan Ruddock | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |39–1 |align=left| Alex Stewart | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |38–1 |align=left| Henry Tillman | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Loss |37–1 |align=left| Buster Douglas | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |37–0 |align=left| Carl Williams | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |36–0 |align=left| Frank Bruno | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |35–0 |align=left| Michael Spinks | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |34–0 |align=left| Tony Tubbs | | | |align=left| |align=left| |- align=center |Win |33–0 |align=left| Larry Holmes | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |32–0 |align=left| Tyrell Biggs | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |31–0 |align=left| Tony Tucker | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |30–0 |align=left| Pinklon Thomas | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |29–0 |align=left| James Smith | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |28–0 |align=left| Trevor Berbick | | | |align=left|{} |align=left| |- align=center |Win |27–0 |align=left| Alfonso Ratliff | | | |align=left|{} | |- align=center |Win |26–0 |align=left| José Ribalta | | | |align=left|{} | |- align=center |Win |25–0 |align=left| Marvis Frazier | | | |align=left|{} | |- align=center |Win |24–0 |align=left| Lorenzo Boyd | | | |align=left|{} | |- align=center |Win |23–0 |align=left| William Hosea | | | |align=left|{} | |- align=center |Win |22–0 |align=left| Reggie Gross | | | |align=left|{} | |- align=center |Win |21–0 |align=left| Mitch Green | | | |align=left|{} | |- align=center |Win |20–0 |align=left| James Tillis | | | |align=left|{} | |- align=center |Win |19–0 |align=left| Steve Zouski | | | |align=left|{} | |- align=center |Win |18–0 |align=left| Jesse Ferguson | | | |align=left|{} | |- align=center |Win |17–0 |align=left| Mike Jameson | | | |align=left|{} | |- align=center |Win |16–0 |align=left| David Jaco | | | |align=left|{} | |- align=center |Win |15–0 |align=left| Mark Young | | | |align=left|{} | |- align=center |Win |14–0 |align=left| Sammy Scaff | | | |align=left|{} | |- align=center |Win |13–0 |align=left| Conroy Nelson | | | |align=left|{} | |- align=center |Win |12–0 |align=left| Eddie Richardson | | | |align=left|{} | |- align=center |Win |11–0 |align=left| Sterling Benjamin | | | |align=left|{} | |- align=center |Win |10–0 |align=left| Robert Colay | | | |align=left|{} | |- align=center |Win |9–0 |align=left| Donnie Long | | | |align=left|{} | |- align=center |Win |8–0 |align=left| Michael Johnson | | | |align=left|{} | |- align=center |Win |7–0 |align=left| Lorenzo Canady | | | |align=left|{} | |- align=center |Win |6–0 |align=left| Larry Sims | | | |align=left|{} | |- align=center |Win |5–0 |align=left| John Alderson | | | |align=left|{} | |- align=center |Win |4–0 |align=left| Ricardo Spain | | | |align=left|{} | |- align=center |Win |3–0 |align=left| Don Halpin | | | |align=left|{} | |- align=center |Win |2–0 |align=left| Trent Singleton | | | |align=left|{} | |- align=center |Win |1–0 |align=left| Hector Mercedes | | | |align=left|{} |align=left|